COLLATERAL FREEDOM

RSF unblocks 34 censored websites in 18 countries.

How does RSF outsmart censorship?


Operation #CollateralFreedom circumvents Internet censorship by means of a strategy in which “mirrors” or duplicates of the censored websites are created on international servers belonging to the world’s Internet giants. If a country wants to block access to the mirrors, it must also deprive itself of access to all the sites and services hosted on these servers, which would inflict significant “collateral damage” on its own economy.

Help us to outsmart censorship!
RSF has to buy bandwidth to keep its mirror sites accessible. The more they are visited, the faster this bandwidth is used up. By making a donation, every Internet user can help to fund the bandwidth needed to maintain and extend access to the unblocked websites. New: RSF is offering a Google Chrome and Firefox browser extension called “Censorship detector” that facilitates access to websites within the countries where they are censored.

Websites unblocked by RSF

Focus on Censorship

Azerbaijan

President Ilham Aliyev has done everything possible to eliminate media pluralism since 2014 and all leading independent news websites are blocked. When they are not jailed, critical journalists and bloggers are harassed, pressured or offered bribes. Even those who have fled the country continue to be persecuted. The coronavirus pandemic has amplified the harassment of those who try to describe the real situation. Journalists are pressured to use only the official information provided by a special Covid-19 unit, and are liable to be arrested and charged with “lockdown violations.” Under amendments to the law on information adopted in March 2020, online media owners can be prosecuted for “inaccurate” or “dangerous” content. And the prosecutor-general’s office has warned social media users that the authorities will investigate all reports of “fake news” and will “punish offenders.”

168
in the 2020 World Press Freedom Index
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Unblocked website by RSF